About half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug
About half of all Americans are taking at least one prescription drug. That's according to an annual report from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.
The report also finds that 10 percent of Americans take more than four prescribed drugs a month and not all of these pills come from the doctor. The report says direct-to-consumer advertising for all drugs more than tripled between 1996 and 2005.